Violinist Annie Trépanier and violist/violinist Steve Larson have performed throughout the Americas and Europe – their playing has been hailed as “supercharged, clear-headed, yet soulful” (The Boston Globe) and “gorgeous…almost mad with excitement” (Classical.net). They have been playing chamber music together since the 1990’s, including numerous performances as the Trépanier/Larson Duo, and are currently members of Cuatro Puntos Ensemble which is renowned for its exciting cross-cultural collaborations and recordings. In addition, Steve Larson is a Senior Artist Teacher at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, Principal Viola at the Wintergreen Music Festival and Academy in Virginia, and a founding member of the Adaskin String Trio and Ensemble Schumann. Previously, Trépanier and Larson played together for twenty years as members of Avery Ensemble, and were finalists at the Banff International String Quartet Competition as members of the Diabelli Quartet. Originally from Canada (Annie from Montreal, Quebec and Steve from Regina, Saskatchewan), since 1996 they have lived in Connecticut where they are very active both as performers and teachers. Please visit ViolinViolaEtc.com for more information.
Cuatro Puntos Ensemble collaborates with local, national, and international guest artists to produce genre-defying and culturally significant concert programing and album recordings. Info about our 2020-2021 season can be found here. Aiming for the highest in artistic excellence while working alongside socially significant artists such as the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and musician activist Ameen Mokdad (Mosul, Iraq), Cuatro Puntos Ensemble has been reviewed by Fanfare Magazine as having a “great depth of sound” and “virtuostic performance”. They have performed extensively throughout the United States as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Afghanistan. To date they have produced six albums of varying genres and styles on major international record labels like Métier and Toccata Classics. They have been included on the soundtrack for films produced in England, Australia, and Afghanistan, and have been guest lecturers at prestigious universities such as New England Conservatory (Boston), Columbia University (New York), Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (Germany), and Goldsmiths College (London). The ensemble is part of Cuatro Puntos (“four points” in Spanish), a non-profit organization that activates music as a pragmatic and universally accessible stimulus for social change, cultural awareness, and empowerment of the underserved. Based in Connecticut, Cuatro Puntos hosts a mixed-genre concert series in multiple cities as well as music/curriculum alignment programs in school classrooms in Hartford (in partnership with Hartford Performs) and beyond. Cuatro Puntos connects Connecticut residents with artists around the world by curating guest artists for in-person and virtual events, with an emphasis on artists who are cultural keepers of threatened art forms, or who are doing genuine work to serve others.
Adaskin String Trio
Emlyn Ngai, violin
Steve Larson, viola
Mark Fraser, cello
The trio’s programs often include special collaborations, including long-standing partnerships with pianist Sally Pinkas and oboist Thomas Gallant.
Steve Larson, viola
Thomas Gallant, oboe
Sally Pinkas, piano
Inquiries regarding Trépanier/Larson Duo performances or any of the above groups can be made using our Contact page. For the Adaskin String Trio and Ensemble Schumann, inquiries can also be made through General Arts Touring, Inc.
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-Annie Trépanier & Steve Larson